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to self-defense to kill trayvon martin? today the defense called a forensic pathologist to the stand who supported zimmerman's claim that martin was on top. >> this indicated that the gun was not against the skin, but the clothing itself had to be 2 to 4 inches away from the body. at the time mr. martin was shot. if you lean over somebody, you will notice that the clothing tends to fall away from the chest. if instead you're lying on your back and somebody shoots you, the clothing is going to be against your chest. so that the fact that we know the clothing was two to four inches away is consistent with somebody leaning over the person doing the shooting. >> that testimony contradicted what two prosecution eyewitnesses said, that it was mr. zimmerman who was on top of martin. the pathologist also said today under a tough cross-examination, he was forced to admit that mr. zimmerman might have been pulling away. which could undercut a claim of self-defense. >> you don't know if trayvon martin was backing up, backing away in terms of providing an angle, or going forward. you can't say. >> a
much. the prosecution pleads with jurors to hold george zimmerman accountable for killing trayvon martin. our analysts listened to every word and they are standing by live. plus fireworks in the courtroom before the judge ruled on whether the jury could consider lesser charges against zimmerman. you're going to see the tension. we'll talk about that pivotal decision. and a year after -- a year and a half after trayvon martin's death, the focus returns to the teen-ager, with skittles wearing a hoodie. is this trial ending on the same themes that prompted a national discussion about race in america? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> the prosecution wrapped up its case against george zimmerman by portraying him as a frustrated, angry, wanna-be cop who profiled trayvon martin as a criminal making false assumptions that proved deadly. the lead prosecutor, bernie de la rionda told the six women on the jury that zimmerman's claim that he shot the unarmed teen-ager in self-defense is a lie. he spent more than two hours delivering the state's closing argument, outlining
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trayvon martin's father took the witness stand. we're live as he answers questions about the 911 call. >> of victims went up to 13. 13 people killed when a train exploded in canada over the weekend. on saturday morning a runaway train carrying fuel blew up and destroyed part of a town in quebec. 40 people are still missing. crews cannot search because of the risk of additional fires and explosions. >>> vice president joe biden will go arizona tomorrow to attend a memorial to honor 19 fallen firefighters. yesterday the bodies of those firefighters made their way home from the medical examiner's office in phoenix back to the town of prescott. the firefighters died fighting a wildfire a bit more than a week ago now. tonight that fire is said to be about 90% contained. >>> now to a developing story out of egypt. that country's interim president plans to amend the constitution in egypt. i want comes as tension rise over those for and against ousted president mohamed morsi. 50 people were killed today in clashes with the egyptian army. nbc's brian mooar joins us with the latest on the u.s.'
week of testimony. about ten minutes ago trayvon martin's father took the stand. >> the defense is presenting its case to the jury now and the screams heard on that 911 call are once again in the spotlight. nbc's jay gray is at the courthouse in sanford, florida, where the jury heard from a parade of friends testifying on behalf of zimmerman. >> reporter: you're right. it's been a very busy day inside the courtroom here in sanford, florida. what i can tell you, we saw trayvon martin's dad take the stand within the last ten or 15 minutes. he's refuting testimony earlier from investigators. the focus in court again was today this dramatic 911 call from the night trayvon martin died. investigators were called back to the witness stand to share with jurors the response trayvon martin's father had the first time he was asked who it was screaming for help in the background of that call? >> okay. and mr. martin's response? >> that it was not his son. >> i think you earlier said he put his head down or something? >> yes. he was crying. he was sad. he had his head down and wiping his fac
the byal injuries sustained trayvon martin. >> and something found in martin's system. why it was not admitted in court and what legal experts say, straight ahead. keeping charter schools at bay? i'm tim tooten live in the newsroom. [ female announcer ] at your local subway, summer flavors are served up fresh. like the crisp, delicious orchard chicken salad. you loved it so much, we brought it back as a five dollar footlong and now as a five dollar chopped salad! hurry in today. subway. eat fresh. 11, this is tv breaking news. >> we are following breaking news from harford county. an accident with entrapment. let's send it up to captain roy taylor. >> this is medical school road. a crash here in howard county. three people are injured. one person's injuries are severe enough they have requested a transport to shock trauma. they are still trying to extricate the individual in the pickup truck and howard county police has blocked off penndel school road, northbound and southbound from this location. .'m captain roy taylor >> all right, roy, thank you. in the george zimmerman
in the streets. the death toll is climbing. >>> my youngest son is trayvon benjamin martin. >> my son, george. >> the testimony of two mothers that electrified the zimmerman court on friday. who will the jury believe? >>> and will it be a girl or boy? before you net brunette or red head full countdown for the royal baby. great to have you with us. it's saturday, july 6th. i'm pamela brown. >> and i'm victor blackwell. good to have you with us. we're starting with the chaos across egypt. death toll there is rising. >> at least 30 people dead and more than 1,000 others injured. clashes broke out between supporters of mohamed morsi and the army. >> after seeing this video, what happened overnight and the past two days, give us an update what is the situation like there right now? >> reporter: things are quiet right now. supporters of mohamed morsi are still out. they are not there in big numbers. their at any time are there and plan to be back later today. this will be another chance for them. how will they come out today? in big numbers? will they come out tomorrow, the next day? some of them s
charged trial of george zimmerman. charged with second degree murder in the killing of trayvon martin. zimmerman told the judge today he does not wish to testify on his own behalf. nbc's ron motte is covering in sanford, florida. good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you. the defense rested after another extraordinary day at the courthouse, including a tense exchange about whether or not george zimmerman would take the stand. today, george zimmerman made up his mind. >> what is your decision, sir? >> after consulting with counsel, not to testify, your honor. >> reporter: earlier, as the defense wound up its case with witnesses yet to call, things got testy. >> i am asking your client questions. please, mr. west. >> i object to the court inquiring of mr. zimmerman as to testify -- >> your objection is overruled. mr. zimmerman, i will give you more time, sir to discuss this with your attorneys. thank you very much. >> reporter: the tension between defense attorney don west and judge debra nelson seems leftover from an after-hours court session last night. >> i can't keep up this pa
trayvon martin was over zimmerman when he pulled the trigger. that was what zimmerman told the police right after the incident which killed the 17- year-old boy. >> the clothing was 2 to 4 inches away. it's consistent with somebody leaning over the person doing the shooting. >> prosecutors did get the pathologist to admit that this is not necessarily mean martin was the one who attacked zimmerman or vice versa. >>> an app titled after trayvon martin has been pulled from the google play store after it received a major backlash. angry trayvon was a game where a hooded character wielding a weapon would complete his world tour of revenge on the bad guys who terrorize cities every day. a facebook post says it was not a racist game. they agreed to remove it and apologized for any inconvenience. >>> supporters of the ousted president of egypt protested in cairo rod. that was where more than 50 protesters were killed yesterday. the white house is condemning the violence but not quite ready to label what's happening in escript acoup. calling it that would jeopardize the billion dollars we send
. and that while the gun was against trayvon martin's sweatshirt when the trigger was pulled, the sweatshirt was 2 to 44 inches away from his body, consistent with someone leaning over another person, as zimm zimmerman described to investigators. >> the medical evidence, the gunshot wound, is consistent with his opinion -- with his statement as to that. >> during cross-examination, demayo agreed that martin could have been pulling away when he was shot and that bruises from a fight could take days to appear or not appear at all. >> in other words, george zim r zimmerman could have hit trayvon martin and not left any bruising on his knuckles. >> legal analysts say the doctor was a strong witness for the defense. >> dr. di miao was most effective in his cross-examination. he was calm, he understood the questions. he didn't give an inch when questions seemed to implicate a different answer. yes says he acted in self-defense, has plead not guilty to second degree murder. and on the admissibility of text messages from trayvon martin's phone as well as a ruling on a 3d animation are expected this morni
in the shooting death of 17-year-old trayvon martin, to which he has pled not guilty. so, while most of us anxiously await the verdict, there are others who have already decided what the end result will be. not what the verdict, so much, but in its wake. >> first of all, my client will never be safe, because there are a percentage of the population who are angry, they're upset, and they may well take it out on him. he'll never be safe. >> mark furman, how on guard must they be? >> well, i suppose that they're going to prepare, as they would for anything that's gone sideways like this, i just think it's kind of pathetic that a court of law cannot be in a vacuum of the legal system without the influence of the public threatening to do great bodily harm to people and property. >> oh, yes, the fearmongering has begun in earnest. and it's not just the media raising concerns about post-verdict reactions. the broward county sheriff's department in florida put out a video on monday to show you how you should calm yourself down if you feel some kind of way about the verdict and you suddenly feel th
also tried to get the judge to agree to murder in the third degree based on the fact that trayvon martin was only 17 years old, which would be child abuse they argued. the defense attorney could not believe that. listen. >> oh my god. just when i thought this case couldn't get any more bizarre, the state is seeking third-degree murder based on child abuse? is the court going to give this any serious contention or consideration? if so, we have a lot of talking to do. when trayvon martin is shot straddling george zimmerman, pummeling him, that somehow george zimmerman was engaged in child abuse? this was a trick. doesn't the court realize this was a trick -- >>steve: the good news is the judge said i'm not going along with the prosecution on that. i've got to side with the defense. so he will not be considered for third-degree murder. >>gretchen: he is still going to be able to be considered for manslaughter. with florida law, manslaughter could give him still 25 years in prison. the jury will be instructed on that later on as far as what each charge brings with regard to prison tim
in a wicked way, what think were attempting to do is to establish a crime, child abuse, because, why? trayvon martin is under the age of 18. so they wouldn't have to prove the other elements of murder. they wouldn't have to prove the depravity the neglect. >> bill: the judge dismissed that. >> he did. but it really shows they are grasping for straws. they know they are on the short end. they know they are facing a stunning acquittal. >> bill: with you they do have a manslaughter thing and in florida that's a big beef. it's not six months. it can go 20 years. >> you can go 20, 25 years on manslaughter beef it only requires criminal negligence. it's the kind of crime like if you would drive and drink and you hit somebody and kill them. that is the kind of crime that where manslaughter could be imposed. that you could argue in this case that george zimmerman, because he was over zealous, because he did pursue this young man as he walked through the housing complex there, that he was criminally negligent, knowing he was armed, having a chambered round in his weapon. but i really do believe, bill,
for help. prosecutors say trayvon martin was racially profiled and shot to death. the defense claims zimbabwe shot martin in self-defense. a big day ahead for the d.c. council. >> it's considering a number of votes today. one which would require big box store $12.50 which is well above the city's $8.25 an hour minimum wage. walmart said it would force the retail giant to pull the plug on three planned stores in the district taking with it about 900 jobs. >> why would a retailer want to come in, force with these mandates and we border maryland and virginia where this isn't taking place. >> the council met -- and also councilman marion berry is bushing a bill that don't live in d.c. forcing a residency right newly hired d.c. workers to live in the district or move to the city within 180 days. it would have a positive economic impact because it would allow the city to tax those workers. >> it's 5:05 and 74 degrees. >> still ahead here on "good morning, washington," an incredible look at those wildfires out of nevada now burning out of control. the nest has been getting a little too quie
it away with it this time. >> stephanie: do you think he got fonder of trayvon after he called him a f-ing [ censor bleep ]. >> the prosecution would be good to bring this up. >> stephanie: right. right. >> and maybe the jury will talk about it in the jury room. the is assistant yesterday. >> a teenager is dead. he is dead through no fault of his own. he is dead because another man made assumptions. >> stephanie: yeah they called george zimmerman, we have said wanna be cop. provoked him into a fight that resulted in a shooting death. they have caught him lying how many times about this story. the attorney again. >> why does this defendant get out of the car if he thinks that trayvon martin is threat to him? why? because he has a gun. he is going to take care of him. he is a wanna be cop. >> stephanie: thank you. a form lapd cop called in and he said i'm a cop, and i would have stayed in the car and wait for backup. just like deputy dog there was told to do and he didn't. defense lawyer's closing arguments today. >> yeah, and the jury may get it today. >> stephanie: right. s
, that wasn't trayvon. the chairs had wheels on it, i t pushed away from the table and n just kind of shook my head, and said, i can't tell. tell. >> so your words were i can't tell. >> something though to thathoug effect, but i never said no, that wasn't my son's voice. voic >> a judge ruled that the jurore may be told trayvon martin had a small amounts of marijuana in his body when he died.died. zimmerman claims he killed killd martin in self-defense. >>> we learning new details about saturday's plane crash creche in san francisco airport. the pilot at the helm of that th flight had only 43 hours of of flight experience on that planen two people were killed and more than 180 sent to hospitals. jocks' jennifer davis is live in -- fox's jennifer day si davis f in salivein san francisco.n >> reporter: while there were four pilots who were rotating during this 10 or 14 our flight the one who was controlling the plane. had more than 10,000 hours on on various other planes, including other 747, but he had never flown a 777 into this airportait before. >> what do you know aboutou kno reports that
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zimmerman's lawyers are expected to present evidence showing trayvon martin had marijuana in his system the night that george zimmerman shot him. the judge ruled late today that the jury can hear that toxicology report. testimony today again centered on a 911 call and who was heard screaming for help. five of zimmerman's friends testified that it's his voice. trayvon martin's father also took the stand and was challenged about whether he told police it was not his son's voice the first time he heard the call. >> i kind of pushed away from the -- away from the table and just kind of shook my head and said "i can't tell." >> tracy martin said after hearing the tape several times he thinks the voice is trayvon's. zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and says he shot martin in self-defense. >>> cars under water. the subway system shut down tonight in toronto. strong storms moved through that city tonight. they knocked out power to 35,000 people. some commuter trains also got stuck in high water. passengers stranded for hours. >>> veronica johnson keeping an eye on storm chances for us later thi
of the week at the george zimmerman trial, a family clashed over that controversial 911 call. both trayvon martin's mother and george zimmerman's mother said it was their own sons screaming in the background. >> you think he's yelling help? >> yes. >> ma'am, that screaming or yelling, do you recognize that? >> yes. >> and who do you recognize that to be, ma'am? >> trayvon benjamin martin. >> whose voice was that? >> my son george. >> are you certain of that? >> because he's my son. >> a medical examiner also testified that martin was shot through the heart and may have lived up to ten minutes after the altercation. prosecutors rested their case and the defense asked the judge to dismiss the trial but she refused. >>> paula deen did not have enough problems, a man in new york charged with blackmailing her for $250,000. the fbi says this man claimed he would go public with statements dean made about her use of racial slurs unless he was paid. the celebrity chef has been fired by several companies in recent weeks after she admitted to using racial slurs in the past. the suspect contacted deen
. >>> the father of trayvon martin takes the stand. we'll find out what he had to say after detectives testified that he initially told them he didn't think it was his son screaming on that 911 tape. >>> president obama revealing how he plans to make the government more efficient. >>> a swirl . >>> the wife of secretary of state john kerry is now in fair condition at a hospital in boston tonight. nbc news has just learned the family called an ambulance when theresa heinz-kerry had symptoms of a seizure but there has been no definitive diagnosis. heinz-kerry is 74 years old and is a breast cancer survivor. secretary john kerry remains by her side. >>> president obama tonight is pushing for less government red tape. he's directed his cabinet to come up with some strategies to make federal agencies more efficient. the president says a new online system is already getting payments out more quickly to small businesses but wants agencies to offer for online services to cut costs and to help small businesses compete for government contracts. >> the basic principle is simple, taxpayers deserve the bigge
. >> the key issue in the george zimmerman murder trial. why he shot and killed trayvon martin. today the defense explained how he did it. fill keating is in sanford florida. >> for just the third time in the trial jurors watched attorneys pull out the infamous hoody. this time used by george zimmermans defense along with the fruit drink to bolster zimmerman's version of what he said happened -- martin was on top straddling zimmerman and he's supported forensically. >> the wound itself by the gap in the face of contact of the clothing indicates that this is consis zimmerman's account that he, that mr. martin was over him leaning forward at the time he was shot. >> the defense expert analyzing these photos supporting zimmerman's claim that trayvon martin was pummeling his first and smashing his head into the walk kay -- walkway but on prosecution they exploited the fact that this expert has been paid $2,000 to testify and cannot say who instigated the altercation. >> you can't say whether it was trayvon martin defending himself or george zimmerman defending himself in terms of when thi
trayvon martin was over zimmerman when he shot and killed the teenager. >> the clothing was 2 to 4 inches away, consistent with someone leaning over the person doing the shooting. >> reporter: that is how zimmerman described it to police after the shooting. >> he was on top of me like this. i shot him. i didn't think i hit him. he sat up and said you got me. >> reporter: he also said the teenager could have lived up to three minutes after being shot and could have moved his arms under his body after zimmerman had spread them out. the defense is trying to convince jurors zimmerman acted in self-defense but the prosecution says that doctor's testimony doesn't positive who started the fight that led to martin's death. >> you're not saying who attacked who, whether it was george zimmerman attacked trayvon martin or it was trayvon martin who attacked george zimmerman. >> that's correct. >> reporter: they got the witness to admit he was being paid but the doctor's testimony was still effective. >> what the defense just did, they brought in a forensic expert who has tied all that evidence togeth
with second-degree murder. he's pleading not guilty saying he shot trayvon martin in self-defense. today an expert on gunshot wounds tried to bolster that claim. jay gray is outside of the courthouse in sanford, florida with the latest. >> reporter: good evening from outside of the seminole county courthouse where testimony has ended. the jury heard from a forensic and gunshot expert called by the dembgs strong testimony that seemed to support george zimmerman's account that he acted in self-defense the night trayvon martin was killed. the prosecution had a deliberate push back against this witness. at one point getting him to say that, in fact, the fatal injury could have been sustained as trayvon martin was pulling away from george zimmerman, trying to get away. so that was a point that the state was able to make. but overall most analysts agree it was a strong witness for the defense here today. a second witness was called, a neighbor from the complex that was there the night of the shooting and she, again, identified the voice screaming in the background of the 911 call that night as
their case in sanford, florida. the neighborhood watch volunteer is charged with fatally shooting trayvon martin last year. the 17-year-old was unarmed, and the case drew national attention. zimmerman told judge debra nelson this afternoon that he would not take the stand. >> what is your decision sir? >> after consulting with counsel not to testify your honor. >> you understand that no matter what counsel says to you it's still your decision, do you understand that? >> yes, your honor. >> and i need to know is it your decision to not testify in this case. >> yes your honor. >> and are you making that decision freely and voluntarily? >> yes your honor. >> sreenivasan: zimmerman has said he acted in self-defense. and much of the testimony has turned on who was heard yelling for help, on a 9-1-1 recording. today, his father, robert zimmerman, recalled investigators playing the tape for him. >> i listened to it. then they asked me did i recognize the voice? >> and what did you tell them? i told them absolutely it's my son george. >> is that an opinion that you still have through today? >> ce
indicated in his opinion that would be -- it's just a verdict that showed sympathy toward trayvon martin's family. so he plans to argue vehemently this morning against including those lesser charges. also at that news conference yesterday, chuck, mark o'mara guy us some insight into what we saw unfold yesterday. george zimmerman telling judge nelson after consulting with his attorneys he did not want to testify. come to find out, george zimmerman apparently wanted to testify, very much wanted to testify, according to o'mara, sit in that jury box, tell the jury, this is what i did, this is why i did it, and his attorneys essentially had to talk him out of it. >> interesting. lisa, i want to bring in -- you in here. i want to go through exactly the definitions in the state florida on the three different potential ways that george zimmerman could get convicted. second degree murder. death has to be caused by an act imminently dangerous to another. the act is, quote, done from ill will, hatred spite or an evil intent." it does not have to prove intent to cause death. then there is proving ma
would say about 75% of the demonstrators are with a group, especially with justice for trayvon, trayvon martin. and there are actually a handful of folks who are demonstrating in front of the courthouse right now, who are holding signs, holding posters, holding posters in support of george zimmerman as well. so we have seen an uptick in the number of demonstrators, when i say uptick, richard, i'd put the count at this point, at about 30, maybe more cameras more reporters than actual protesters. you indicated that the jury right now just started their lunch break, 3 1/2 hours yesterday, three hours this morning. they'll take a lunch break until 1:00, and at that point, we're told they'll begin deliberating again. so far this morning, no questions. the jury has not indicated that they have an additional question for judge nelson, unlike yesterday, when they had that one question. they wanted the judge to provide an inventory of the evidence. >> and craig, deliberations will continue through today and tomorrow, or is there the possibility they might take a day off? how will that work? >> j
is why he shot and killed trayvon martin. >> the defense explained how he did it. fox's phil ceeting is in sanford, florida, with the latest. >> for just the third time in the trial jurors watched the hoody with one bullet hole in the chest used by the defense along with the arizona fruit drifng he had to bolster what he said happened. >> the doctor testified that martin on top straddling zimmerman is supported forensically. >> the wound itself by the gap, by the powder at that tattooinge class of contact of the clothing indicates that this is consistent with mr. zimmerman'sz account that he -- that mr. martin was over him leaning forward at the time he was shot. >> the defense expert analyzinga the photos also supporting skimmerman's claim that tray von martin was pummeling him withith his fist and smashing his head to the walkway about. up on cross they exploited the fact that the expert has been paid more than $2,000 to test t and cannot say who instigated the altercation. >> you can't say whether it was trayvon martin or george zimmerren defending himself when it are the first st
about a toxicology report showing trayvon martin had a small amount of marijuana in his system the day he was shot. the judge's ruling follows a dramatic day of testimony that was all about the scream on this 911 call. >> do you think he's yelling help? >> yes. >> reporter: the defense asked several friends of zimmerman to listen to the call. >> whose voice is it? >> george zimmerman's voice. >> yes, definitely that's georgie. >> i thought it was george. >> no doubt in my mind that is george zimmerman. >> reporter: the screams on that 911 call are critical. the case could turn on who the jury believes the aggressor was during the deadly confrontation. the defense says the neighborhood watchman screamed when trayvon martin attacked him and he shot the 17-year-old in self-defense. martin's parents claim the screams are actually from their son, but the defense called a police officer who said tracy martin wasn't so sure when he first heard the tape. >> i in inquired as if that was -- inquired as if that was, in fact, his son yelling for help. >> what was his help? >> he looked away and
of trayvon martin. the prosecution's closing argument will be tomorrow and the defense's will be friday. mr. zimmerman has pleaded not guilty claiming self-defense. we learned at day's end the defendant will not take the stand just a few hours before an obligatory set of questions from the judge turned into a tense exchange. >> have you made a decision as to whether or not you want to testify? >> your honor, i object to -- >> overruled. have you made a decision as to whether or not you testify in this case? >> i object to that. >> year ruled, the court is entitled to hear whether mr. zimmerman intends to testify. mr. zimmerman, have you made a decision as to whether or not you want to testify in this case? >> no, not at this time. >> i object to the court inquiring to mr. zimmerman -- >> your objection is overruled. >> the trial truly entered its final act today including both sides use of a pliable foam dummy, while questioning a former law enforcement officer. he was called by the defense as an expert on the use of force. the final witness for the defense was george zimmerman, sr. testify
testified the screams were george zimmerman. the defense claims the neighborhood watchman shot trayvon martin in self-defense after the teenager attacks him, but the prosecution and martin's family believes the screams came from the teenager. the case could turn on who the jury believes the aggressor was during the deadly confrontation. during cross-examinations prosecutors pointed out that andra osterman and her husband mark wrote a book about the case with the proceeds going to zimmerman. they spent thousands buying zimmerman clothing for the trial and supporting his defense fund. >> since you've contributed on his behalf you want to believe it's george zimmerman, correct? >> it is george zimmerman. >> reporter: zimmerman's best friend said he helped zimmerman pick the gun he used in the shooting because it would fire easily if he needed to defend himself. >> joining us now to talk about the defense's first day of testimony in the george zimmerman trial is d.c. trial attorney former maryland prosecutor debbie heinz. thanks for coming in. it was all about the 911 tape today. if you a
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of the testimony was by a safety consultant. trayvon martin was in better shape than zimmerman and zimmerman was not an athlete. the last witness was zimmerman's father who testified it was his son's voice on a controversial 911 call. they asked me did i recognize the voice. >> what did you tell them? >> i told them absolute there's my son george. >> zimmerman faces second degree murder charges in the shooting death of trayvon martin. jurors could consider manslaughter and aggravated assault. the jurors could decide that today. jury deliberations are expected to begin friday. >> pwe are hearing the frantic fleas of help from flight 214 minutes after it crashed in san francisco. this as we learned the pilot did not order an evacuation underway. >> that is a big surprise. 300 people escaped burning planes fleeing from the runway after the crash landing. we are hearing the 911 calls from passengers desperate for more medics to help the injured. >> 911 emergency. >> there's been a crash at the airport. there are people injured on the tarmac. there are no ambulances. >> were you on the plane, ma'
teenager, trayvon martin, after the prosecution made its case. george howell is live for us in sanford, florida. these are the final moments of what has been a very long, a very painful period, isn't it? >> well, christine, absolutely. all eyes in this town, all eyes around the country today will be on mark o'mara. he will get three hours to make his case to convince this jury it's not manslaughter or second degree murder. the prosecution gets one hour for rebuttal before the jury walks away to make their decision. >> the attorneys will present their final arguments. >> reporter: closing arguments, the final stage in the trial for george zimmerman. >> a teenager is dead. he is dead through no fault of his own. he is dead because another manmade assumptions. >> the prosecutor went into great detail pointing out inconsistencies from zimmerman's story from the television interview he did to the re-enactment from police. they picked apart the account of what happened. >> why was he able to yell. the victim was on top. or is he lying about that? look at the gun. look at the size of this gun
that the zimmerman shot trayvon martin while the teen was on top of him.s the defense showed the importance of looking aton trayvon's clothing to determine the distance between zimmerman and martin at the time. >> the wound left itself, in the face of contact of the clothing indicates that this is consistent with mr. zimmerman'ss account, that he -- that mr. martin was over him leaning forward at the time he was shot. >> the defense also wants to introduce text messages and a facebook posting by martin abou a fight he supposedly had with a friend. the judge had ruled that the teen's interest in guns and fighting couldn't be used in opening statements. zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second degree murder charges. he claims he acted in self-defense. >>> there's more confusionmo whether nsa leaker snowden willn depo to venezuela. wikileak said that he has not formally accepted asylum in venezuela. the tweet was deleted a few minutes after it was posted. the lawmaker says its claim wasm paced on a report from russian t.v. news. >>> the morning line, we're li talking about the washington kas
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is at the courthouse once again. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning savannah. when 17-year-old trayvon martin was shot and killed by george zimmerman a medical examiners report showed he had thc in his system. that's the active chemical in marijuana. today the defense plans to present that information to the jury. this is the case that's now days away from wrapping up and the question is still being asked, whose voice is that screaming for help on that 911 call. in court monday, trayvon martin's father tracy martin says he believes his son was screaming for help on the 911 call. >> sow think he's yelling help? >> yes. >> reporter: but police detective chris serino testified he got a different answer when he asked whose voice was that. i asked if that was his son yelling for help. >> what was his response? >> he was -- it was more of a verbal and nonverbal. he looked away, and under his breath, as i interrupted it said no. >> tracy martin says he didn't say it that way. >> i didn't tell him no that wasn't trayvon. i pushed away from the table and just kind of shook my head and said i ca
their case today. also today, the judge in the trial is expected to rule on whether jurors can see trayvon martin's text messages. zimmerman's attorneys allege the texts show the teenager had an interest in fighting. zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for shooting martin but he claims he fired in self-defense. >>> he posted a video of himself loading a gun in freedom plaza. that man is now waking up in a fairfax county detention center this morning. >> he was arrested last night after police searched his home in herndon, virginia. delia goncalves is at freedom plaza live this morning with more. good morning, delia. >> good morning, andre ya. in the last half-hour we were -- >> reporter: good morning, andrea. in the last half-hour we were able to confirm that adam kokesh is behind bars. our sister radio station wnew reporting this morning that kokesh is charged with drug and firearms possession. i am waiting on a call back from lieutenant smith with the park police. she will confirm those charges for me. let's take a look at some video. it is a crime in the district of columbia
that the trayvon martin was on top of th neighborhood watch volunteereer straddling him during the fatala confrontation. >> if you lean over somebody, you would notice that the clothing tends to fall away from the chest, so that is a fact that if you know the clothing i two to four inches away, it's existent with someone leaning over the person doing the shooting. >> dr. vincent de mayo testifying about zimmerman's injuries. >> i think you have six identifiable injuries, the two lacerations on the back of thehc head, the impact on both templep lesions, that is full on. the nose, and the forehead is 6. >>> meanwhile in an evidencen hearing earlier today, the defense saying it wants to use an animated depiction of the deadly fight, at least the lasth couple of minutes, but the judge clearly annoyed postponing the t rest of the hearing and her decision until later tonight. >> 45 minutes, no. >> we will afterwards, i'm not having the jury sit back here for another 45 minutes doing nothing. >> prosecutors don't want this jury to see this animation, saying it's inaccurate, itcurate doesn't show
in thenf george zimmerman trial. trayvon martin's father took tht stand yesterday.erda he testified specifically about what you said he heard after making a 911 call made by aby neighbor the night his son was killed.ed. earlier, a detective testifiede that tracy martin told him that he did not think that the voice screaming for help was his son. >> a massachusetts judge ruledde that the evidence in the case be maibd available to thbemade ava. the former patriots tight end id charged with a premeditated murder in of lloyd. >>> you will not believe how much it is shrinking next. >>> thousands of social securit numbers exposed. po find out what happened when we come back. >>> time right now 4:07. -- 5:07. ♪ [ perdue ] they say you are what you eat. well, at perdue, we say you are what you eat...eats. which is why we feed our chickens a 100-percent vegetarian diet including corn, soybeans, and marigolds without any added hormones...or steroids. and unlike a lot of other companies we never use animal by-products like blood and bone meal. because we believe that's what it takes to bring
. >>> the screams on the 911 call in the trayvon martin death takes center stage again in a florida courtroom. today, george zimmerman's friends take the stands, followed by martin's own father. susan mcginnis reports for wjz, from the courthouse in sanford. >>> the defense called several friends of george zimmerman. each one took the stand. and each said they believe it's his voice on this 911 call, screaming for help. >> help! >> so you think he's yelling help? >> yes. >> and whose voice is this? >> george zimmerman's voice. >> yes, definitely georgey. >> i thought it was george. >> reporter: john donnelly wiped away tears after hearing the tape. >> there's no doubt in my mind that is george zimmerman. >> reporter: on friday, zimmerman's mother and uncle testified the screams were george zimmerman's. the neighborhood watchman claims he shot the teenager in self-defense after the teenager attacked him. but the prosecution and martin's family believes the screams came from the teenager. >> reporter: the screams on that 911 call are critical. the case could turn on who the jury believes the agreesor
of force. he was asked if zimmerman had any other options but to shoot 17-year-old trayvon martin. >> i don't know what else he could have done based on his abilities. he doesn't seem to have any. >> zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of trayvon martin but maintains it was self-defense. he has pled not guilty. also wednesday prosecutors brought out a life-sized foam mannequin. >> this appear to be anatomically correct? >> reporter: and asked the witness what may have happened just before the shooting. >> were you aware the defendant described to his best friend that when he slid down the defendant, slid down that trayvon martin was up around his arm pits? were you aware of that? >> no, i've not heard that, no, sir. >> where would the gun be now? >> now the gun would be behind your left leg. >> reporter: zimmerman's lawyer used the same mannequin to demonstrate other ways the attack may have happened. >> could it happen this way? >> yes. >> could it happen this way? >> yes. >> could it happen that mr. martin is reaching back with his hand for yet a final strike or
. >>> the judge in the george zimmerman murder trial will rule today whether jurors will see trayvon martin's text messages. zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder he says was self-defense. >>> the legislation in texas easily pass add preliminary vote last night. abortions would be banned after 20 weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest. abortion providers would have to meet much stricter regulations. >>> virginia could be the next big battleground state when it comes to same-sex marriage. >> in the wake of last month's supreme court decision which dealt a major blow to the federal defense of marriage act, the virginia aclu is filing a lawsuit against the commonwealth's ban on gay marriage. peggy fox has more. >> reporter: as a virginia resident, leann doesn't have the same rights as other married people. >> that's my wife. >> reporter: she and her partner, an episcopal priest have been a couple for 15 years. they were married in 2010 but as residents of virginia, their union is not recognized by the state. she is hoping that will change if the aclu wins its lawsuit against virginia's
zimmerman trial could center around trayvon martin's toxicology report. yesterday the judge allowed that report to be entered as evidence. it says a small amount of marijuana was in martin's system at the time of his death. prosecutors said the information is prejudicial, but zimmerman's attorneys say it is relevant. zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in martin's death, claiming self-defense. and george zimmerman has sued nbc universal, the parent company of this station, for defamation. the company has strongly denied zimmerman's allegations. >>> today a board set up to help protect your civil liberties will hold its first public hearing on the nsa spying programs. 16 experts will testify before the privacy and civil liberties oversight board today. the independent agency's five members include an internet freedom advocate and two former bush administration lawyers. president obama has tasked the board with leading a national conversation about the secret spying programs. >>> one of the countries that has offered asylum to the leaker of those spy programs want
to play deputy dog all the time. the fooct he's calling trayvon the suspect on the phone. it is like you're not a cop! and he's not suspected of anything! >> hal: he's suspect because of what he looks like. the reason he wanted to know the stand your ground details is because it is a cya situation. he could cover his butt23 he decided to shoot one of these guys. in this case the cartoonish story he makes up about jumping out of the bushes, punching him in the nose, yelling -- he goes he's fiddling around for my gun. i think he fell for the gun. i think he was trying to get it. says you're going to die tonight. and that was why he was justified in pulling the gun and shooting him. the cartoonish fantasy that he has drafted for the cops to cover his butt in the case that you know, he needs to use this defense is the problem with this law. is the essence of the problem with this law is that now almost anybody can shoot almost anybody else and use that as justification as long as the other person is dead. >> stephanie: that's what i mean. exactly. it almost encourages you to kill them so the
of things. i expect to hear, i don't know, but i expect to hear the reason there is no bruising on trayvon martin's hands consistent with the amount of injuries is when you die, when you get shot your heart stops pumping blood. the pumping of blood causes bruising over time. you hit yourself you don't see a bruise until later because later on the bruise surfaces. that will be used to explain why they don't have a lot of injuries on his hands. thre going to come out during the defense side of the case. they don't have to do a lot. they are certainly not going to put george on. not a chance. >> it could only have a down side. >> his story has been put out there five different times. he's given his interviews. that helped his case. the police said the guy fervor asked for a lawyer. he answered all our questions. there were inconsistencies but we as police officers thought there were some inconsistencies. >> very easily there could be a total acquittal. not because what george did is not wrong. there would be people going we disagree with him getting out of the car and going after trayvon but
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